March Was An Action Month

Here we are at the beginning of April already and for the first time since I started this challenge 4 years ago, I’m actually late with a Changing Seasons post.

It’s been a busy March.

Usually by the end of a typical March I’m feeling a sense of relief that this long dreary month is finally over, but this year it seems to have flown past.

Rouge Park

After being cooped up for so many weeks this winter due to snow and ice, it was glorious to be outdoors again. Most of the trails were still quite treacherous but where I could walk, I did.

Late afternoon shadows at Rouge Park

This winter we had SO. MUCH. SNOW and this month it’s been nothing less than a miracle at how quickly all that cold white stuff has melted away.

One day the rocks along the shore were covered in ice, and a few days later they were bare.

Spending time outdoors has certainly been a big theme of this month, but so has time with friends.

I was back visiting my friend, Cathy, at her stables. Last year I introduced you to her newest little mini-horse, Pippin. She is now just shy of her first birthday, as tall as her mother, and a delightful little pony.

In my opinion, this is the overriding theme of every spring – birth, rebirth, and the exuberance of youth. Even those of us who are a little long in the tooth feel the arrival of spring with an increase in energy.

I love Pippin’s striking blue eyes.

It was pure fun watching Pippin chasing the dogs as she barrelled up and down the icy trail without any sense of fear of falling. We, on the other hand, braced ourselves for the occasion hip-check that occurred as she pranced by with wild abandon.

Chowing down on any little bits of greenery that could be found on this early spring terrain.

This month I was also back at Aerial Yoga with Lynn from Life After 50. I can easily see making this a regular part of what I call a routine. Stretching will never be something I love to do, but it feels so good.

Notes of inspiration on the window leading up to the yoga studio
Bowmanville Creek

The month ended with torrential rains that eventually turned to snow, but it did not hamper my end-of-the-month plans with Deb from The Widow Badass. She has written about our weekend adventures here.

Let’s just say there will be more posts ahead about this weekend together!


Changing Seasons is a monthly photo challenge hosted this year by Su Leslie at Zimmerbitch.


  1. Hi Joanne,
    The winter seems to be loosing grip on your part of the world. Love your resolve to get out and about and walk where you can. We will be heading back to the north in a couple week and I am looking forward to a change of scenery, as much as I have loved our tropical home.


  2. You are right, Joanne. Some winters are longer, colder and with more snow than previous years. On our island, people still refer back to the β€œBlizzard of β€˜96.” The photo with rocks covered in ice is stunning. This area likely looked completely different every few hours.

    You are an inspiration, Joanne, doing aerial yoga. This yoga always looks very challenging and like a form of ballet.

    I was wondering when I would hear your side of the story on the Weekend with Deb. There are always two sides.πŸ˜‰


    • Deb and I really do have a lot of fun when we get together. We seem to share the same sense of adventure which as you know is priceless!

      You would be surprised that aerial yoga is actually not difficult. Obviously we are in a beginner’s class which makes a difference, but the hanging silk actually allows you to get a better stretch – especially if you have balance issues – because it supports you.

      In Toronto, THE winter that no one can ever forget is of course when the mayor called in the army. I remember it like it was yesterday … and it made us the laughingstock for the rest of the country πŸ˜†

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  3. Beautiful photos of winter leaving and spring returning (love Pippin!), though too slowly (in my mind). The daffodils here in New England are trying so hard to pop through the still-cold soil. But at least the snow is gone. Where’s the photo of the aerial yoga? I love yoga and go to classes at least once weekly, but I’m a bit intimidated by the idea of AERIAL stretching. ;-0


  4. HI Joanne

    Beautiful pictures. Glad to hear your jumping into spring. It’s such a wonderful time of year. Enjoy the warmer, longer days, sunshine, and wildflowers



  5. It’ll be a brown muddy mess here in a few weeks but for now we’ve still got a good 18″ of snow on the lawn. At least we can see up the street when pulling out of the driveway now.
    I hope you enjoy your April travels and come back with lots of pics, including some doors, and many interesting stories to tell.


  6. I’m relieved the chance of snow is almost non-existent. I’d love if the temps would catch up! That horse is just the cutest thing! I think we have aerial yoga around here. I may have to look into it. I’ve had to substantially cut back on my Pilates because certain moves are exacerbating my sciatic nerve pain. To top it off my shoulder is back being mad that it has rotator cuff issues. lol. I’m looking forward to some hiking once the days become a little warmer (so close I can taste it!) Have fun in Northern France!!


  7. Well you do seem to have made the most of March – busy, busy, busy! Nice to have another look at Pippin. Now that’s the size of horse I like. I see you are travelling in April, I hope somewhere nice. πŸ™‚


    • Yes, we are travelling! We are leaving next week for northern France. We haven’t planned a road trip like this since our first trip to Europe together over 20 years ago. We’ll be exploring the coast from Saint-Malo to Brugge. Now that it’s near, I’m finally starting to get excited about it!

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  8. Yay for busy, fun months!!! So glad you are able to get out adventuring again. I love those little horses, being a bit nervous around the full-size versions.
    I really enjoy your photos of snow and ice, but am kind of glad I don’t have to live with it.
    Wishing you a great adventuring month ahead.


    • I think most people hate how brown everything looks at this time of year. I’m just relieved that virtually all the white is gone …. and mornings are noisy with the sound of birds again πŸ™‚


  9. You really gave March a run for its money, as they say. Those horses are cute and your photos of snow almost make me want to see more of it. What’s up for April? I don’t know how you’re going to beat March.


    • April is going to be a wild ride. We leave next week for France and aren’t back until the end of the month.

      Just to make things more interesting, we will have house guests leading up to our departure. My 2 brothers arrive 4 days before we leave and will be staying here for a few days after we leave. They are attending a week long tournament “Grand Slam of Curling” here in Toronto.
      I know nothing about curling, but I’m guessing I’ll be hearing about it πŸ˜‰

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  10. I love the returning warmth and sunshine! I’m glad to see you getting outside again, Joanne, and I hope that lingering ice is gone now. Love the photos of Pippen. Adorable little pony. πŸ™‚


    • I know everyone tends to complain about how brown the landscape looks at this time of year, but I’m just relieved it’s no longer white πŸ™‚
      It’s a promise that colour is coming!


  11. We didn’t have nearly as much snow as you guys, this year, but it was god to see it go. Even being replaced by brown is a step in the right direction. I do like the look and sound of rushing water in the spring. I love your photo of the ice and the ponies/ Keep up the activity, Joanne (and keep sharing pictures with us) – Happy April!


    • I’m always happy to make people smile πŸ™‚
      The big horses kind of scare me. Their size is rather intimidating, but this little mini has really captured my heart – maybe because I saw her shortly after she was born πŸ’•

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  12. mmmm Spring, cute little ponies, aerial yoga.. sounds like a wonderful month of March after all… This definitely brought back memories of when we lived in Chicago and how long February and March ALWAYS seemed. No erase, that always WERE.

    Looking forward to experiencing some Spring blossoms when we arrive in Chicago in May to visit our family. Hope we get there in time for the magnolias.



  13. Hi, Joanne – I love Spring for all of the reasons that you mention.
    Great smiles from you and Deb. I wonder if that had anything to do with the Margaritas?! (A little birdie told me that yours are the BEST)! πŸ™‚


  14. I like those icy rocks. Icicles are one of the great beauties of winter that I miss from my years in snow country. Although we got a few here, this winter. It’s been harsh this year, even for us. It’s nice the weather is finally warming up.


    • I’m not a fan of the summer heat we get, so the moderate temperatures of spring and fall are greatly appreciated. After the winter we had, seeing temperatures consistently above freezing is enough to make me happy πŸ™‚

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  15. Love your pictures, Joanne! That blue-eyed mini horse!!!

    Hope you have recovered from all our fun. I was so tired last night AND I couldn’t even eat supper. Finally I ate a banana before bed, just to have something in my stomach. Tonight is going to be an early night too. Obviously, I need to build up some stamina in this fun department before June…hehehe!



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